Friday, February 25, 2011

Madonna SEX book Memories

Do y'all remember Madonna's SEX book? I was just thinking about this the other day and how it was such a big deal.

Picture it... 1992. It was my first semester in college. My new geeky, gay friend Kelly just cashed his (late) student loan check at the bank. While we were walking around campus, he turned to me and said, "Before I buy ANYTHING for class or pay a bill, I have to get Madonna's book, TODAY!"

Kelly had tried to get the book in town, but because it was Murray, KY, it would be a miracle if he could get it within 6 months. So, Kelly called around Paducah, KY to see where he could find it. Within 2 hours, he learned that the book was at an adult bookstore called Tammy's.

So we jumped in his car and headed down to Paducah to the porn store. Now, this was our first time at the porn store, so we had no idea what to expect. As we entered the shop, we noticed the weird burnt plastic smell and the creepy guys looking at us. We were a little scared, but walked to the counter and asked for the book. I also bought one because I thought we were buying a piece of history (silly teens).

The next day we had a SEX book party. Our friends came over to Kelly's room and we watched 'Truth or Dare' and gawked over the pages of the book. I was all into Vanilla Ice (don't judge) and this page.
Over the years the book fell apart and I through it out before I graduated. But I have been thinking about finding it on eBay and adding it to my coffee book collection. I guess, it was a piece of history to me.


EMikeGarcia said...

It's a piece of history to YOU, so that would be a reason to get it. You know, I can totally see you having a thing for Vanilla Ice, I don't know why.

Also, WHY do the adult stores all smell like burnt plastic?!?!

Cubby said...

This post is, and will forever stay, my favorite entry in Maybe It's Just Me. said...

Great post. My SEX book sits on my coffee table in my living room to this day. :O)

I love watching peoples reactions as they pick up and flip through it.

David Dust said...

I never bought the book, but I remember the clerk at Dalton Books asking me for I.D. before she'd let me look at it. I was 25 years old!!

That last picture (and many others in "Sex") was taken at the Gaiety Theater in NYC. It was the last of the all-nude male shows in Times Square - and featured gorgeous porn stars/escorts from around the world. In ALL their "glory" I might add.

Great post.


David Dust said...

By the way - to me, Porn Shops always smell like Lysol. Not that I would know or anything...


Immanuel said...

I was 28 years old when that book came out...already grown. They had copies in a bookstore in my office building but I was too shy to look at it. What if my boss came by? Madonna really pushed the envelope in the '90s. Remember that video "Human Nature" and all that fuss over the "Justify My Love" video's soft core porn? It all seems so dated and now Madonna is decidely middle aged like me. But I still never got the book. Need to go on Ebay! Great post!

Mechadude2001 said...

That page is hot! And the Tony Ward stuff is smoking too.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

I hadn't thought about that book for quite a while either... Yes, it's a great part of pop culture!!

Prince Toddy English said...

I don't have one! Anyone have an extra copy? lol

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